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Doctor Warns Against St. John’s Wort for Anxiety

In a broad-based review of studies focused on drugs that treat anxiety, a Saint Louis University doctor found no evidence supporting the use of so-called “natural” treatments in combating the effects of anxiety.

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Men with Testicular Cancer Who Write Positively About the Experience Show Improved Mental Health

Findings of a pilot study about testicular cancer and writing positively about the experience. April 1-7 is Testicular Cancer Awareness Week.

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More Town Hall Meetings Than Ever Being Held Across America to Address the Dangers of Underage Drinking

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month in April, communities throughout the nation are conducting town hall meetings to discuss what can be done to prevent and reduce underage drinking. This year more than 1,700 community-based organizations will conduct town hall meetings across the country – up from 1,500 in 2008, the last time this national event took place.

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The Addiction Conspiracy – It’s Not Just a Celebrity Problem

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How medical and social stigma prevents people from getting the help they need.

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Disruption in Brain Connection Linked to Genetic Defect in Schizophrenia

In what may provide the most compelling evidence to date, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have illuminated how a genetic variant may lead to schizophrenia by causing a disruption in communication between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex regions of the brain, areas believed to be responsible for carrying out working memory. Findings are published in the current online edition of Nature.

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National Suicide Prevention Campaign for Teens

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), working in collaboration with the Ad Council and the Inspire USA Foundation, announced today the launch of a national public service announcement PSA campaign designed to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicide attempts among teens in the United States.

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UT Southwestern, Amelia Eisch, Psychiatry, social avoidance, Stress, stress resilience, Stress Response, National Institutes Of Health (NIH), NASA

New Brain Nerve Cells Key to Stress Resilience

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found new clues that might help explain why some people are more susceptible to stress than others.

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Psychiatry, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, PMDD, Unc Chapel Hill School Of Medicine, Unc Department Of Psychiatry

Depression Affects How Women with PMDD Respond to Stress, Pain

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These findings give physicians more reason to search for a more specific diagnosis and could possibly lead to more precise treatments, says UNC's Susan Girdler, Ph.D.

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The Scripps Research Institute, Addiction, Obesity

Compulsive Eating Shares Same Addictive Biochemical Mechanism with Cocaine, Heroin Abuse

In a newly published study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing people into obesity.

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Depression, stigmatization, Latinos

Stigma Keeps Some Latinos From Depression Treatment

A new, small study of low-income, depressed Latinos finds that those who stigmatize mental illness are less likely than others are to take medication, keep scheduled appointments and control their condition.







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